US President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines

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Obama visit the PhilippinesWASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines in October as part of a Four-Nation Tour that will include his participation in the APEC summit, the White House said Friday. Besides the Philippines, Obama will visit Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia from October 6 - 12, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said in a Statement. 

New Germany - Philippines Tax Agreement

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Germany Philippines BIR KopieMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Germany on Thursday signed a tax agreement to prevent double taxation and promote trade and investments between the two countries. The Department of Finance said in a statement that the tax deal was concluded last Sept. 9 in Berlin. The Philippines was represented by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima while Germany was represented by Martin Ney, legal adviser of the German Foreign Ministry.

Emergency in Zamboanga

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zamboanga day4-JGMANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Malacañang urged the gunmen behind the ongoing attacks in Zamboanga to stand down or face military action. "The forces of the state are ready to exercise the resolve of the government. While the government is exhausting all avenues for a peaceful resolution to the situation, let it be clear to those defying us that they should not entertain the illusion that the state will hesitate to use its forces to protect our people," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.